Five of Atlantic City’s eight casinos are in fear of operational havoc if union Unite-HERE ‘Local 54’ forces a worker strike on 1 July.
Representing a workforce of 10,000 members, the union is seeking employee benefits and compensation by Caesars Entertainment casinos Bally’s, Caesars and Harrahs and the Carl Icahn gambling enterprises of the Taj Mahal and The Tropicana.
Threatening a complete ‘walk-out’, Unite-Here stated that its member employee’s had not received their promised 2014 compensation packages by the casinos’ which at the time had suffered dire downturns.
The union detailed that it had negotiated with casino management that compensation would be repaid to staff at a later period, once the casinos’ earnings had stabilised.
Speaking to local news sources, union leaders detailed that they had amassed a significant ‘strike-fund’ to pay Local 54 workers for a number of days, which would impact the casinos’ revenues and drive business to competitors the Borgata, Golden Nugget and Resorts Casino.
Caesars Entertainment noted concerns regarding its day-to-day operations for its Atlantic City assets but chose not to make an official statement on the matter.
Although recovering from its 2013/14 downturn, Atlantic City faces continued tests due to New Jersey state’s fiscal difficulties and competition from independent casino’s closer to bigger cities who have pinched a large number of gamblers.